Anadarko Petroleum

(

APC

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Anadarko Petroleum fell $1.24 (-2%) to $61 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6.3 million shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.56-$62.44 after having opened the day at $62.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.24. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were:

GeoGlobal Resources

(

GGR

), down 12.8%,

Geokinetics

(

GOK

), down 10.1%,

Cubic Energy

(

QBC

), down 10%, and

San Juan Basin Royalty

(

SJT

), down 6.8%.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids(NGLs) in the United States, Algeria, and internationally. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $32.2 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. Shares are down 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Endeavour International

(

END

), up 70.5%,

Union Drilling

(

UDRL

), up 8.9%,

Dejour Energy

(

DEJ

), up 8.6%, and

Samson Oil & Gas

(

SSN

), up 8.1%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

Chevron

(

CVX

) being today's featured energy industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider

Energy Select Sector SPDR

(

XLE

) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider

Proshares Short Oil & Gas

(

DDG

).

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